This will be the third time I have visited the topic of the Twitter shadow ban. And I am unapologetic about that. Yes, I am a glutton for punishment in more ways that one! But the longer I have been under a constant ban the more I have read and learned about what it entails.
So my ban has gone on for about five months. Before that time I would get up to a seven-day ban, now and then. I explain in this post how I checked my status.
Carry on regardless
A lot of other bloggers don’t let the ban bother them at all. And I do commend them for this. When my ban would be on then off, and so on, I was quite blase about it too. The thing that niggles me about the constant ban is sometimes it makes me feel invisible. That is what it is meant to do. Make you feel like others are ignoring you and not interested in your what you have to say.
Some are of the opinion that if you are under the ban then it just gives you licence to tweet anything you want, as you are already banned so the damage is done. Well, my answer to this is firstly what is the point when many people don’t get to read what you are saying? And secondly, I have found out that recently twitter have really upped their algorithms and there are various types of ban. You can have one or more of them at the same time. Which means if you carry on “misbehaving” you can get another kind of penalty placed on your account too.
Getting yourself banned
It seems that I may have continued, on a daily basis, to aggravate the algorithm which has kept me under the ban. Or I am caught in a glitch. I have more faith in human nature than to think someone would report me every week…
As a sex blogger, I am aware that putting out a naughty photo may sometimes trigger the ban and at other times not. So let’s look at certain ways to get yourself banned.
Using aggressive, confrontational language – especially to BlueCheckMark accounts. Twitter wants to keep these special guys happy 😉
Using identical language or images to reply to multiple other accounts in a short period of time.
Tweeting, retweeting, replying, or creating a chain of connected tweets in a short period of time.
Engaging with lots of people who do not follow you.
Excessive tweeting or following.
You are more likely to get banned if you :
Have less than 500 followers.
Follow far more than follow you.
Have a newish account.
Types of ban
Search suggestion ban – Your account does not appear in search suggestions. Also, with regards to your followers, only those that you engage with regularly will be able to find you.
Search ban – Your tweets are hidden entirely. Not dependant on the quality filter.
Thread ban – Some tweets and all replies are missing to everyone but you
Search quality filter discrimination – Your tweets are kept out of searches and hashtags when the quality filter is on. Remember this filter is on by default evertime you make a search.
If all four levels are ticked then you are the only person who can see your profile and tweets!
Protected accounts have their own set of rules.
Last year it was possible that if you realised you had been banned and stopped tweeting immediately the ban would be lifted in 48 hours. On occasions, it would be lifted if you simply lessened your twitter interactions. That has changed at the beginning of the year and now, if you are lucky, it will take at least 5 days.
I have found a seemingly reliable shadow ban checker and it appears I am red for the search suggestion ban. So, I have decided to go with a few bits of advice and not use my main account, @more_matters, at all for a while. Maybe I will be lucky and the ban will disappear. I have started another account. Many thanks to all those who have followed me and/or tweeted my new handle @may_matters. If my main account stays in the shadow I can close it and take my original name – more_matters – over to my new account.
If you choose to have more than one account you must be careful not to sign on with the app(if you used it for your first account), or with the same IP address, (unless you have deleted cookies first). Only last year Twitter became wise to these matters and can close both accounts if they suspect what you are doing.
Once I had set up my new account I started searching for those within my blogging community, to follow. This was a hard task as often, even when typing in the full name, their handle did not appear in the search. I realised so many bloggers possibly have this type of penalty on their account.
With all this in mind, it is more important than ever that within our community we all hold hands and share each other’s work. Especially those that may have one of the types of shadow ban. This helps us get our work seen but also defies the censorship that underpins the shadow-ban. Sharing makes us stronger as a community and stronger as individuals 😉
I had difficulty finding all these bloggers who I admire, so I have provided a link to one of their posts. Check them out.
I WISH I …
- was as thoughtful as Marie
- was as creative as Molly.
- my skin looked liked LSB’s
- was as brave as Julie
- had GoTN’s brain power
- was as honest as Nero.
- could write like Cara.
- was as sincere as Posy.
- was as generous as Eye
- had Floss’s determination
- was as knowledgeable as Kayla.
- was as open as Livvy.
- could take photos like Exposing 40.
- travelled to as many places as Starcross
- was as fun-loving as Modesty.
These are just a handful of bloggers – I will return at the end of the month with some more shares.
Let’s shine a light inside the shadow!